naumachia

[ naw-mey-kee-uh ]
/ nɔˈmeɪ ki ə /

noun, plural nau·ma·chi·ae [naw-mey-kee-ee] /nɔˈmeɪ kiˌi/, nau·ma·chi·as.

a mock sea fight, given as a spectacle among the ancient Romans.
a place for presenting such spectacles.

Origin of naumachia

1590–1600; < Latin: mock naval battle < Greek naumachía a sea fight, equivalent to naû(s) ship + mách(ē) battle, fight + -ia -ia
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naumachia

naumachy (ˈnɔːməkɪ)

/ (nɔːˈmeɪkɪə) /

noun plural -chiae (-kɪˌiː), -chias or -chies (in ancient Rome)

a mock sea fight performed as an entertainment
an artificial lake used in such a spectacle

Word Origin for naumachia

C16: via Latin from Greek naumakhia, from naus ship + makhē battle
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